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  1. yes they were originally posted in this thread https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/156346-unknown-locations/ (and another thread which I can't locate) but there was a mix of locations - some in Ireland - so the others don't give any clues about these ones.
  2. Can we deduce anything about the era when the line was built from the fact that the bridges are built from stone? The GWR's turn-of-the century New Works seem generally to have been built in brick. Could we say that masonry bridges suggest construction before a certain decade?
  3. If I were being pernickity, I might suggest that that the original premise was a bit unlikely - if a port were busy enough to support a dedicated boat train, then the railway that served it would be a main line rather than a branch. But I'm a believer in Rule 1.
  4. There was a "boat train" on the Bristol & North Somerset line - a single line branch. It provided a connection to Bristol at Frome from the Weymouth-Paddington Channel Islands service and ran with Express headlamps stopping only at Radstock and Pensford. The loco was a 45XX, 4575 or 57XX. On summer Saturdays in 1932 there was a through Birmingham - Weymouth boat train that ran non-stop over the branch. The type of loco isn't stated but I could well imagine it would have been a 43XX Mogul. (from Through Countryside and Coalfield by Mike Vincent) To answe
  5. I would say recently revived rather than recently opened on the grounds that the cast iron sign looks rather ancient. Perhaps there had been until recently a decayed wooden platform that needed to be replaced. I commented on the other thread where these pictures were posted that No.12 makes me think of some elevated plateau and the light-coloured bridges might indicate a limestone area such as the Cotswolds. I wondered about the M&SWJ, but couldn't find a match anwhere on that route. On the other thread there was also a view taken from within a single line tunnel, which could pos
  6. There is a 2008 edition much revised and expanded by Richard Parker, which I would thoroughly recommend.
  7. I have posted these pictures before, but they are relevant to this thread. They show the 01:10 Bristol-Milford Haven in 1973. It started off from Bristol behind a Western, but a 37 took over at Cardiff and different 37 took it from Swansea. And here is one from earlier in the year - March I think - showing a departure from Swansea at about lunch time. I don't remember if it was a passenger working. Perhaps br2975 knows what 1Z54 indicated.
  8. And I've never really been able to visualise those flying fishes playing on the road.
  9. Is it just because the rays are shining horizontally (or rather tangentially) so can sneak underneath the clouds?
  10. On further investigation into the Cork & Muskerry, I think this must come closest in the British Isles to satisfying the OP's requirements. It seems that the Light Railway and the city trams did actually share tracks as seen here: https://www.corkindependent.com/weekly/ourcityourtown/articles/2017/02/16/4135037-corkmuskerry-tram-used-for-tourism-and-agriculture/ One of the two scenes that alternate at the top of the page has the caption "Steam and electric trams on Western Road, Cork"
  11. The gauge of the tramway was 900 mm (2 ft 11 7⁄16 in) gauge, selected to allow trains from the 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge Cork and Muskerry Light Railway and the Cork, Blackrock and Passage Railway to connect using the tram lines. That's most interesting; I don't suppose such through running actually occurred regularly, but was it physically possible? Did the connections exist?
  12. Also, at Weisses Ross on the outskirts of Dresden there's a NG/tram level crossing (6th picture down) http://www.moebahn.de/t14838f4-Sommerurlaub-Teil-Loessnitzgrund-amp-Weisseritztal.html
  13. I know it was a shocking mutilation but to me the cut-down Russell was an essential part of the Welsh Highland image and because there are so many more photos of it in this form than in its original state, the restored machine is to me not really "Russell". I wonder if its custodians have ever considered manufacturing an alternative set of fittings so it could on occasions appear in 1930's guise. And I can't help thinking that Russell's companion Moel Tryfan actually looked slightly better after being cut down; its original cab and chimney look to me disproportionately
  14. It just seems strange to build an accurate replica of a Britannia and then disguise it. I wonder why they couldn't have based it on an actual French loco.
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